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PA Supreme Court Overturns Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Conviction

Posted on: July 1, 2021


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned actor and comedian Bill Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction Wednesday, ruling that he had been denied a fair trial. The decision also barred Cosby from being retried, which quickly paved the way for him to be released from prison later that day.
The court decision was based on an agreement struck with a previous prosecutor that the justices said should have barred the 83-year old actor from being charged in the 2004 assault of Temple University employee Andrea Konstand. Cosby has served two years in prison for a 3-10 year sentence.
In one of the majority opinions, written by Justice David N. Wecht, the justice cites a decade-old agreement with Montgomery County prosecutors, stating that the civil charges brought against Cosby by Konstand were off the table for criminal charges. That agreement, the justice wrote, legally bound District Attorney Kevin Steele’s office from filing charges against the actor when new evidence surfaced in 2015. The actor was charged in 2015, then convicted in 2018.
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